What a difference grace made in Onesimus’ life and in his relationship to Philemon and the church. Grace transforms our lives and our relationships.
If you’re at the end of your rope, you’re in a good place for God to bless you.
If God says He forgets our sins, then why would you ever want to dwell on them?
No matter who we are or what we’ve done, no one is beyond God’s grace to restore their lives!
The scene took place by a campfire at dawn on a beach beside the Sea of Galilee. It was an experience that would change Peter’s life forever. The whole experience was redemptive! Jesus would lovingly restore Simon Peter to ministry with a simple question and a command. Anyone who has fallen can understand the pain of personal failure and the regret that can haunt you with guilt and shame. It’s disabling. You feel washed up. Jesus knew that Peter had to overcome such regrets if he would be restored to accomplish his divine destiny.
How intentional is your faith? In this video story, Vinny and Natasha share the tipping point that brought them into a more intentional faith relationship with Jesus Christ in which they began to experience God’s purpose for their lives and their family. When they took that step of baptism in obedience to Christ, they wanted to send a clear message to their children that would leave them a legacy of faith.
Through the years, it has been one of my greatest honors to baptize entire families at our Super Summer Baptism Celebrations. It’s not uncommon to see three and four generations of one family in the water all being baptized together! I can’t think of anything better than to see families restored by the grace of God! This was the case for the Philippian jailer that asked his prisoners, Paul and Silas, how to be saved in Acts 16.
It’s not uncommon that I hear people share how powerful the experience was when they were baptized after putting their faith in Christ to save them from the hurts, habits and hang-ups that once controlled their lives. It often reminds me of Carrie Underwood’s song, Something in the Water, as if there was some mystical, transforming power that washed them clean. The reality is we are made clean, but not by the water.
Nothing is more exhilarating to me than the celebration of life change! Only God can change us from the inside out, and He does that by exchanging our old sinful life for a new life in Christ! The former persecutor of Christ followers turned missionary and church planter, Paul, the Apostle, experienced a dramatic life change himself and wrote these words about it in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Here’s a remarkable story of life change! And it impacted an entire family! One of the great joys we’ve seen at Woodlands Church, over the years, has been when whole families are baptized together – just like the Philippian jailer and his family in this story.